Against The Grain Brewery & Smokehouse

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Against The Grain Brewery & Smokehouse
Kentucky, United States
Sweet / Milk Stout
Ranked #51
Ranked #1,250
4.31 | pDev: 6.96%
Sep 21, 2023
May 11, 2013
This is essentially the 35K recipe doubled. Double roasty, double chocolatey, double creamy, double delicious. Then we decided to make it 2.5X awesome by aging it in bourbon barrels for a really, really long time. The bourbon and oak flavors perfectly compliment the massive flavors in the double mega imperial milk stout. You don’t swim in this beer, it swims in you!
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Rated by NCSapiens from Indiana

3.72/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
Not a fan of the barrel and oats chosen for this milk stout.
Sep 21, 2023
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Reviewed by Boozr

3.58/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
Roasty, boozy, and TART...not what I was expecting for a imperial milk stout. Creamy? ok, but lacked the smooth and weighty viscousness that I was expecting...especially for a beer rated at 95. Reminded me quite a bit of an OscarBlues TenFiddy, which isn't really my bag palate wise. Should have bought the single and not the 4 pack. Anyone have any High West Victory at Sea you wanna trade me?
Apr 23, 2023
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Reviewed by jkblr from Indiana

2.52/5  rDev -41.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5
16oz can stamped 02/11/27 (I'm guessing that's a best before date...) poured into a Spiegelau stout glass at fridge temp 12.2% ABV per label. The beer pours pitch black with zero light penetration and medium brown colored head. The head builds quickly and sticks leaving a huge cap and complete lacing as it recedes. The aroma is muted roasted malt and zero bourbon or barrel. The taste is tart & sweet malt with a hint of bourbon. Infected I believe. Reminds me of an foeder aged sour really. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with average carbonation and a semi dry finish. Overall, poor. I don't know when these were released, but this can is bad! Wait until 2027 and you're definitely doing a science experiment...
Mar 05, 2023
Rated: 4.31 by cwd from Kentucky

Jan 01, 2023
Rated: 4.18 by socon67 from New York

Nov 27, 2022
Rated: 4.25 by petrusek23 from Ohio

Jul 05, 2022
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Rated by tp1962 from Illinois

5/5  rDev +16%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
One of the top ten imperial stouts I have had!
Oct 25, 2021
Rated: 4.23 by NolaHopHead from Louisiana

Jul 29, 2021
Rated: 4.74 by MutuelsMark from Kentucky

Jul 26, 2021
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Reviewed by Treyliff from West Virginia

4.1/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
750ml bottle poured into a snifter
2016 Vintage

A- pours jet black in color with a one-finger dark brown head that has short retention before settling to a ring

S- dark roasted and charred malt, chocolate, black licorice, oaky bourbon, hint of vanilla

T- dark chocolate and charred malt up front, followed by notes of anise, molasses and barrel oak. The finish gives more char, with some oaky bourbon on the linger

M- medium body with moderate-low carbonation leads to a slightly foamy mouthfeel that continues into the finish
Jan 01, 2021
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Reviewed by Eddieeight from Ohio

4.48/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
Purchased for $18 nov 2020 750ml bottle, 13% abv. . Like a wine bottle but I’ll be having it all to myself. Pour is lovely, dark brown with the deepest burgundy hue tinging the color. Nice half inch tan head but quickly dissipates and leaves no lacing whatsoever. Scent is of raisins, cherries, and plums, busting out with that faint hint of bourbon which I like so much. Taste is not quite as startling as some similar bourbon stouts, it is gentler and is very sweet on first sip. Notes of dark fruit and mild chocolate, but the bourbon doesn’t enter the palate until after the beer is swallowed, lingering in the aftertaste. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, with mild yet sparkling effervescence. Overall a good brew, although there’s nothing in the flavor profile that stands out or is unique compared to other similar brews. I’d be curious to try the 35k, and to compare the two since they are advertised to be similar, but this one double the intensity. Not bad for the day after thanksgiving!
Nov 28, 2020
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Reviewed by peabody from Kentucky

4.21/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
2015 bottle into a tulip. Lots of small brown bubbles that lace the clear glass from top to empty.
Sweet caramel/toffee and date/raisin up front. The bourbon barrel flavor is almost unnoticeable. Just a slight hint of sour oak then all flavors disappear except for the roasted malt char.
The 13% abv can't be felt at all even after the flavor leaves the palate.
Not much for the nose but this is a wonderful treat for all the other senses.
Oct 04, 2020
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Reviewed by kitch from Hong Kong

4.35/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
A 750ml tightly foiled bottle, with no bottled on or best before date. Poured into a snifter glass.

Appearance: Black in colour with a thin half finger brown head that dissipated fairly quickly but left nice spotty lacing.

Aroma: Dark roasty malt, chocolate, bourbon, molasses, oak, vanilla, boozy.

Taste: Sweet, light roast, bourbon, molasses, brown sugar, chocolate, oak, vanilla, marshmallow, with dried dark fruit and boozy notes.

Mouthfeel: Medium to full bodied with soft carbonation.

Overall: A very nice sipper with the sweetness balanced by good roast and chocolate notes.
Aug 14, 2020
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Reviewed by firesidewithphil from Illinois

4.33/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
70k is a decadent double chocolate stout. The barrel is light and dry. The beer is super sticky and fudgy, a total brownie experience.

May 20, 2020
Rated: 4.75 by Roadking1979 from Indiana

May 12, 2020
Rated: 4.34 by RMW66 from Australia

Apr 04, 2020
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Reviewed by stortore from Illinois

4.4/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
750 ml bottle into a snifter. Had 2/22/19.

Pours near black, thick looking and opaque, with a half inch foamy head and some light foamy lacing. Aromas of bourbon, chocolate, malt, oak, tobacco, caramel, molasses, some char, some figs and prunes. Flavors of bourbon, malt, oak, chocolate, prunes, caramel, molasses, some tobacco, light figs. A little sweet. Smooth, creamy, a solid full body, well carbonated.

Terrific barrels, great aromas and flavors, gets better as you work through the bottle. Very enjoyable. Has a high price point, but certainly worth at least a one time purchase.
Feb 27, 2020
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Reviewed by maximum12 from Minnesota

3.85/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Man, remember the days AtG was a sought-after trade commodity? It was a long spell ago. Ahhh, foolish youth. 750ML bottle split with my wife.

I didn’t look, but I’ll be it’s dark. Probably black. Or dark brown. The nose spells light bourbon & chocolate, with roast the dominant factor.

70K sounds like what my girls will be paying annually for college. This beast arrives on wings of alkeehall, which I find increasingly debilitating at my rapidly advancing age. It took me a while, but I know exactly what this is: wood-infused marshmallow soaked in bourbon. Strong marshmallow. I don’t get any roast, but it’s plenty smooth & milkier than being 13 months pregnant.

If this beer were a Greek God it would be Helius. Very good brew.
Feb 13, 2020
Rated: 4.28 by shelby415 from Oregon

Jan 12, 2020
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Reviewed by jzeilinger from Pennsylvania

4.35/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
A - Dark brown pour with a caramel creamy lacing ring. Lots of legs on the sides of the glass as it oozes down the sides.

S - Deep milk chocolate and bourbon, vanilla, oak.

T - Lots of roasted cocoa, milk chocolate, bourbon, oak, there's also a small amount dark fruit.

M - Thick and silky with light warming on the way down.

O - Pretty impressive overall.
Dec 30, 2019
70K from Against The Grain Brewery & Smokehouse
Beer rating: 95 out of 100 with 386 ratings